There is a common misconception that creativity is a gift – that it’s something you either have or you don’t. However, this is simply not true.
Creativity is something you have to work at. It’s like a muscle you have to train.
So how to be innovative and creative at work?
What Drives Creativity?
Before we look at some specific ideas that will set your creative juices flowing, let’s think briefly in general terms about what it is that drives creativity.
What is it that allows Steve Jobs and Elon Musks to innovate so consistently?
Creativity is about trying to see things from a different angle; it’s about trying to find a new perspective. It’s about trying to step outside of the mental constraints we impose upon ourselves to attempt to look at a problem in a new light.
Being creative is trying to understand what limitations we are unwittingly conforming to, and then breaking free of them. It is allowing yourself to do things, experience things or consider things in unfamiliar ways.
This is the essence of creativity and innovation, and shaking things up to free yourself from accepted ways of thinking is at the heart of being creative.
Above all, you need to fight against routine, mindlessness and apathy, the mortal enemies of the creative process.
13 Ways to Be Innovative and Creative at Work
1. Go Outside
If you are suffering from a creative block, one of the simplest and most powerful ways to remedy it is to leave the office and go for a walk. If your brain becomes stuck in a rut of routine and repetition, just seeing some unfamiliar sights can help you break free of your self-imposed mental prison.
When you do this, make sure you switch off your phone and give your mind space and time to relax. If you spend your walk staring at your screen, you might as well stay in the office – the idea is to let your mind wander. When you arrive back at the office, you will feel creatively invigorated.